Showing God’s Love in the International District, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2021–2023 Mission Grant 23 — $98,000

open boxes of food and pantry items arranged on a table on the building's porch outside, with a few individuals looking at items in the background.This is the God Cares About You food distribution in which people get large boxes of food and everyone picks what they want. People in the neighborhood come, many homeless, families and refugees from other countries. Staff members let everyone know what is available and encourage them to take what they want, even for friends and neighbors in need. It is in a court yard with tables on two side and the another side is fresh product and fresh bread. During the food distribution relationships are built between those who come for food, clothing, staff, volunteers and all involved. Most share their faith with these people who often feel alone and are searching to fill their hearts. Many will tell the volunteers and staff that they turned their lives over to God due to the testimony of others.

Albuquerque’s International District is home to an ethnically diverse and disadvantaged population with a high crime rate. God Cares About You Mission, which is supported by nine area Lutheran churches, is transforming lives both now and for eternity. Their outreach includes a clothing bank, children’s ministry, food bank, back-to work program, Christian fellowship, meals, Bible studies, worship services, street evangelism, and counseling. Currently, the programs are only offered three days a week and they want to expand to six days. With this expansion, they need to add a services director and kitchen manager to better manage the programs offered. Help is sought for their salaries. With the funds from this grant, God Cares About You can expand their ministry and reach more with Christ’s love.

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